Food.Fun.Stuff: Swine Flu 101

[ 0 ] April 29, 2009 |

Swine flu news has been buzzing all around us over the last week with new cases popping up everyday and deaths on the rise. Now that we are hearing so much about this virus, everyone wants to know what is it? Where does it come from?? Swine flu refers to influenza caused by any strain of the influenza virus endemic in pigs (swine). Strains endemic in swine are called swine influenza virus (SIV).

The virus can spread among humans through coughs, sneezes and particles of the virus can even linger on tabletops. Ways to help in preventing it from spreading to you? Frequent washing of hands with soap and water or with alcohol-based hand sanitizers are the top ways to help in prevention. And for all you party-goers in areas where it is spreading, another suggestion has been to lay-low i.e. staying away from other people who might be infected and can include avoiding large gatherings, spreading out a little at work, or perhaps staying home.

There have not been any cases reported in the District, but this information is good to keep on hand just in case. Be safe!

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Johnna French is a Harlem NY native with deep roots in Panama, Washington, DC and North Carolina. All four places have heavily influenced her life and the foods she loves today. After graduating Howard University School of Law and beginning her life as a young professional in the city she was led to start Johnna Knows Good Food in November 2007 to keep family, friends and colleagues updated on where to go and what to eat while dining in the nation’s capitol. French, who still practices law, leads a team of three writers to cover the ever expanding Washington, DC food scene. French has been featured in print and television, appearing in Washingtonian Magazine and is a regular contributor to various local TV affiliates including WUSA 9, FOX 5 DC and WJLA (ABC Affiliate) News Channel 8. During the 2016-2017 football season, Johnna aired on Comcast Sports Mid-Atlantic (CSN) show, Redskins Life, as the weekly tailgate host. Johnna is currently a regular contributor to the FOX Baltimore Weekend morning show.

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